2025 GRAND NATIONAL RUNNERS & ODDS

Below you can view the potential Grand National Runners with their ante-post odds. Please note that entries will not officially be made until January 2025.

Silks JP McManus - Grand National

I AM MAXIMUS

4.6/5
14/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: | FORM: 1-14311 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: W P MULLINS

After a triumphant run in the Irish Grand National in 2023, he's conquered Aintree's big fences and won the race in 2024. Will he be back for the 2025 Grand National and can he win it again?

Corach Rambler Horse

CORACH RAMBLER

4.5/5
20/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: | FORM: 1-533U | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: L. RUSSELL

Lucinda Russell's star, Corach Rambler, clinched the Grand National in 2023. Currently the bookies' favourite, the question remains: will this champion rise to the challenge at Aintree once more?

Silks JP McManus - Grand National

CORBETTS CROSS

3.7/5
20/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: | FORM: -312F13 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 7 | TRAINER: E MULLINS

Shaping up to be a handy long-distance chaser, especially with a win in the National Hunt Challenge Cup at Cheltenham.  

Desertmore Odds

INTENSE RAFFLES

3/5
25/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: | FORM: 5-7111 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 6 | TRAINER: T GIBNEY

Winner of the Irish Grand National in 2024, is this young chaser Aintree bound in 2025?

Stattler Silks

GALVIN

3/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: | FORM: -8544 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: G ELLIOTT

Bagging 4th place in 2024, Galvin showed his worth as a long-distance chaser. He could be back in 2025 but can he really go three places better?

Gigginstown Silks

DELTA WORK

3/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: | FORM: U-3662 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 11 | TRAINER: G. ELLIOTT

Delta Work's journey in the 2023 Grand National was abruptly halted at the 21st fence, but returned in 2024 with another stunning display to finish second to I Am Maximus.

Minella Indo Horse Colours

MINELLA INDO

3.3/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: | FORM: P-1443 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 11 | TRAINER: H DE BROMHEAD

Winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2021, Minella Indo proved he is the classiest of runners when finishing 3rd in the 2024 National. Will he back in 2025?

Silk Unknown

CHIANTI CLASSICO

4.3/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: | FORM: -11214 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 7 | TRAINER: K BAILEY

Winner of the Ultima at Cheltenham (the stepping stone for Corach Rmabler in 2023), Chianti Classico is in flying form. If he keeps it up he could be the one to watch in the 2025 Grand National. 

Kitty's Light Silk

KITTY'S LIGHT

4.5/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: | FORM: -470575 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: C. WILLIAMS

The whole nation cheered Kitty's Light around the Grand National and were thrilled when he bagged 5th place for his connections. Truly a shining light!

Silks JP McManus - Grand National

MEETINGOFTHEWATERS

3/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: | FORM: 311U37 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 7 | TRAINER: WP MULLINS

Lightly chased but did exceptionally well to finish in 7th place in 2024. If he has another good season he will tick a lot more boxes ahead of the 2025 Grand National so watch this space...

Noble Yeats Horse Racing Silks

NOBLE YEATS

4.3/5
50/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: | FORM: -72170 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: E MULLINS

The 2022 runner has tried his best to retain and then regain his title but could only manage 4th place in 2023 and 19th in 2024. 

Silks for Vanillier Grand National horse

VANILLIER

4.3/5
50/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: | FORM: -55020 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: G CROMWELL

Was really hoping to improve on his second-place finish from 2023, but 2024 proved much more difficult and, despite rallying, could only come home in the 14th spot. 

Ante post odds listed on this page are taken from Betfred on 19/04/2024. No horse is guaranteed a position in the race until the final declaration stage (03/04/2025). Check the odds with your Bookmaker before placing a bet, as fluctuations occur. Full Terms and Conditions for the promotional bet offers can be found on the respective websites – read them before you sign up.

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WHO DECIDES THE GRAND NATIONAL RUNNERS?

The Road to Aintree: Who Decides the Final 34 Runners

A maximum of 34 runners line up at the start of the Aintree Grand National, and 600 million people worldwide tune in to watch them tackle the 30 notoriously difficult fences in a bid to put themselves into the history books. But how do those particular runners and riders make it to Grand National Day?

A horse will be entered into the Grand National 2025 if it meets the minimum criteria for qualification and the owner and trainer feel that their horse is capable of handling the race.

Not all horses are suited to the long Aintree course or have the necessary jumping ability. Even if a horse gets entered, that doesn’t guarantee a place at the starting line as frequently over 100 get entered, but there is now a maximum field of just 34 for the race.

The race is open to horses aged seven and upwards that have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chase of three miles or more and have achieved a rating of at least 130 by the BHA Handicapper.

Horses with Grand National entries and have made jumping errors in 50 per cent, or more, of their last eight races will be further scrutinised by the Grand National Review Panel before being allowed to participate.

The entry date for the race is always at the end of January or the beginning of February, depending on the date of the race in April. For the 2025 race that date is February 5th. 

The names and numbers are announced by the BHA (British Horseracing Authority) the following day.

Number Of Entries

  • 2024 – 94
  • 2023 - 85
  • 2022 – 107
  • 2021 – 106
  • 2020 – 105 (cancelled)
  • 2019 – 112
  • 2018 – 105
  • 2017 – 110
  • 2016 – 126
  • 2015 – 98

The BHA Head Of Handicapping then takes the list of entries and frames the weights.

In other words, he decides which runners will carry the heaviest weights and which will carry the least. The handicap system is designed to give every horse a fair chance of winning the race, and good horses will carry more weight than those perceived to have less ability.

The maximum weight any horse can carry in the Grand National will be 11st 12lbs. The BHA confirmed an across-the-board 2lbs rise in published weights as part of a safety allowance for jockeys as of May 2022.

The minimum weight for the Grand National will now be 10st 2lbs. Each runner’s weight will be largely determined by their OR (Official Rating); the higher the rating, the higher the weight.

Although the Grand National is the only race in Britain in which the Handicapper can ignore the official ratings if he wishes, often to the dismay of owners and trainers.

Horses are then put in descending order from the highest to the lowest weighted, determining their race number. The top-weighted horse is number one, the second heaviest weighted horse is number two, and so on.

The weights are then announced, and from then on, a series of ‘Declaration Stages’ or ‘Forfeit Stages’ take place.

At each stage of the selection process, trainers can withdraw their runners. As horses are removed, the list of entries narrows down. This allows horses that initially didn't make the Top 34 to move up the ranks if entries above them are withdrawn.

In 2024, there was one top-weighted horse in Hewic. However, he was withdrawn, and Conflated took his place. Then Conflated was withdrawn, and Noble Yeats went off carrying top weight.

The last declaration stage occurs at 10 a.m. on the Thursday before Grand National Day. This is where the top 34 Grand National runners are as good as finalised.

Unfortunately, in 2020, the race was cancelled and did not go ahead. In 2021, no runners were withdrawn at the final stage, and 40 runners ran.

In 2022, Commodore, School Boy Hours and Romain De Senam took the final spots in the Grand National after Phoenix Way, Easysland and Lord Du Mesnil were declared non-runners.

However, Aintree announced the reserve system for the Grand National was to be discontinued from the 2023 renewal onwards. So if a horse is withdrawn at the final stage, it will not be replaced.

In 2023, on Grand National Day, Escaria Ten from trainer Gordon Elliott was withdrawn due to lameness. That meant 39 ran in the race.

In 2024, with only 34 runners guaranteed spots, two more were declared non-runners on the day - Chambard from Venetia Williams and Run Wild Fred from Gordon Elliott. 32 runners ran in the race. 

2025 GRAND NATIONAL RACE FAVOURITE

While it is still too early to determine who will go off as the race favourite in 2025, the smart money would suggest that, should he get an entry, I Am Maximus will have plenty of fans.

I Am Maximus

Always the shortest-priced of Willie Mullins' runners in 2024, I Am Maximus won the Irish Grand National in 2023. 

With his terrific form, Paul Townend on board, and many recognising the great form that both Willie Mullins and owner JP McManus's horses were on, fans couldn't wait to back him.

He surpassed Corach Rambler in the betting markets and went off as joint-favourite, alongside Limerick Lace, on odds of 7/1.

He duly repaid his legion of fans, who cheered him all the way home as he won the 2024 Grand National.  

THE JOCKEYS

The criteria for professional or amateur jockeys wanting to take part in the race are very specific.

They must have ridden not less than 15 winners in chases or hurdle races under the Rules of Racing and/or the Rules of the Irish National Hunt Committee and ridden not less than 10 of these winners in chases.

A champion jockey like A.P. McCoy who primarily rode horses for super owner J.P. McManus had his pick of horses in the race before he retired.

Top jockey Barry Geraghty took over as the retained rider for McManus but announced his retirement in July 2020.

Since then Mark Walsh has been named as the retained rider for the McManus horses in Ireland.

The likes of Jack Kennedy and Rachael Blackmore are other top jockeys who can often choose their rides and odds will tumble on any horses chosen by the pair.

Amateur jockeys are now a rarity in the Grand National compared with races early days.

Sam Waley-Cohen is probably the most famous amateur rider in recent years and he enjoys a record over the Aintree fences which is the envy of many a professional. That includes winning the race in 2022!

Other jockeys will usually ride for the yards that retain them or a trainer will engage their services just for this race.

In recent years a number of high-profile jockeys have missed the race due to injuries picked up at the Cheltenham festival which is the last major National Hunt meeting before Aintree.

In 2018, Ruby Walsh suffered a leg fracture and Leighton Aspell suffered a neck injury that put them out of contention for the Grand National.

Bryony Frost experienced the same fate in 2019 when an injury at Cheltenham ruled her out of the National.

Don’t be put off backing a less well-known jockey or even one who has never ridden the course before.

In 2013 jockey Ryan Mania won the race at his first attempt. And David Mullins did the same thing on Rule The World in 2016!

In 2018 we saw a number of jockeys making their debut. They included James Bowen, Bryony Frost, Sam Coltherd, and Rachael Blackmore. Bryony Frost was the best finisher, getting Milansbar to fifth place.

In the Grand National 2019, Lizzie Kelly made her debut on Tea For Two.

By the end of the Grand National 2021, history had been made. Rachael Blackmore and Minella Times ran the perfect race, making Blackmore the first female jockey to ever win the Grand National.

For the 2022 Grand National, there were seven jockey’s making their debut.

They were: Tommy Dowson, Conor Orr, Ricky Doyle, Philip Armson, Jordan Gainford, Hugh Nugent, and Harry Bannister.

The 2023 Grand National saw some new faces for fans to watch as eight jockeys took their first trip in the big race.

They were: Theo Gillard, Alan Johns, Ben Jones, Michael O’Sullivan, Kieren Buckley, Shane Fitzgerald, Simon Torrens and Jack Foley.

Hopefully, we will see some new jockeys take to the fences for the 2025 Grand National. Of course, we won't know who they are until much closer to the race. 

Aintree Countdown

GRAND NATIONAL 2025

5th April 4pm 

The 2025 Grand National will be held at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, April 5th at 4pm. The Randox Health sponsored race is run over 4 miles 514 yards with 30 jumps over two circuits of the course.

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WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds quoted on any horse in the Grand National represent your potential returns if that horse should win. If a horse is quoted as 10/1 then the 10 figure is the amount you’ll get back from the bookie for a 1 unit stake. In other words, bet £1 and you’ll win £10 back. You’ll also get back the original £1 stake, making a total return of £11.

WHO DECIDES THE ODDS

The simple answer is the bookmakers. Initially, bookies will offer odds on all the horses running in the National and the bookmaker is aiming to show a profit on the race regardless of the outcome. In many ways the bookmaker doesn’t care who wins, because if he can get the maths right, he will always come out on top. Although this doesn’t always happen over one race.

In a perfect world the spread of bets on the race would guarantee the bookie a nice profit whoever wins. However, if punters keep placing bets on one horse, let us call this horse ‘Plucky Pete’, at a level disproportionate to other runners then the bookie has built up a potential liability.

If ‘Plucky Pete’ wins the race the bookie will lose a fortune and they really don’t like losing!

To stop this happening the bookmaker has a couple of options. They can offer bigger odds on other runners and simultaneously shorten the odds on ‘Plucky Pete’ in the hope of attracting bets away from the horse with the big liability and onto other runners. This is why you see the odds fluctuating right up until the off.

So the bookmaker sets the odds initially but the volume of money place on any runner will move the odds right up until the race starts.

EACH-WAY BETS EXPLAINED

The ‘Each Way’ bet works like this… Instead of betting on a horse to come 1st you can make a bet that your horse can finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th (some bookmakers payout 5th & 6th places) The each way bet is really two bets in one, a £5 each way bet will cost you £10. You’re betting £5 that a horse wins and £5 that he will finish in one of the places.

Sounds like a good deal? And for the Grand National, it can make sense to back a horse each way over a straight win bet, but remember bookies aren’t registered charities.

So to compensate for your increased chances of winning they reduce the quoted odds on the place part of the bet. If a horse comes home 1st you’ll still get the full quoted odds. However, should he only place, you’ll only get a quarter of the quoted odds (some bookmaker pay less than a quarter odds).

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